June 23, 2010
Norwegian operator orders world's largest LNG fueled ferry
Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1 has signed a contract with Fisker Strand BLRT AS, a joint venture between Fiskerstrand Verft AS in Ålesund, Norway, and Western Shipyard in Klaipeda, Lithuania. It covers the design and construction of what will be the world's largest gas-fueled ferry. Hull construction and initial outfitting will be carried out at the Klaipeda yard, while completion will be at Fiskerstrand Verft, with delivery scheduled for November 30, 2011.
The ferry is being built to Multi Maritime AS's MM120FD LNG design and will have a capacity of 242 cars on two decks and 600 passengers. Dimensions will be:
Length, OA 129.90 m
Breadth, molded 18.80 m
Depth, molded main deck 6.45 m
Depth, molded shelter deck 9.50 m
Summer draft 4.90 m
Class: DnV 1A1, CAR FERRY A, GAS FUELLED, CLEAN, RPS, E0, R3 (NOR)
With a deadweight in excess of 1,300 t the 7,000+grt ferry will be equipped with four azimuth thrusters powered by a gas-electric plant consisting of three large Rolls-Royce LNG gas engines and generators. It will have a service speed of approx. 20 knots.
The ferry will mainly be operating between Mortavika and Arsvågen on E39 between Bergen and Stavanger, but it will also be used on the other ferry link between Bergen and Stavanger, Halhjem - Sandvikvåg. It will be the sixth ferry operating on the two ferry links, which are among Norway's busiest.